Thompson Dean is the Managing Partner and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Avista Capital Partners. Prior to co-founding Avista Capital Partners in 2005, Mr. Dean led DLJ Merchant Banking Partners for 10 years. Mr. Dean served as Managing Partner of DLJMB I, II and III and DLJ Growth Capital Partners until his departure in 2005 and was Chairman of their respective Investment Committees.
Mr. Dean received a B.A. from the University of Virginia, where he was an Echols Scholar, and an M.B.A. with high distinction from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar.
Mr. Dean currently serves on the Boards of Acino International AG, National Spine & Pain Centers and Vision Healthcare. He previously served on the Boards of Charles River Laboratories, ConvaTec Group, Fisher Scientific, Nycomed, Trimb Healthcare, VWR and Zest Dental Solutions, among others. He is Former Chairman of the Special Projects Committee of Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital and served as a member of the College Foundation Board of the University of Virginia. In addition, Mr. Dean serves on various committees of the Boys Club of New York, the Lenox Hill Neighborhood Association and the Museum of the City of New York.